By Katy Lederer
“Probing, pondering, and deeply honest—these poems inhabit the space of questions and resonate in the cavern of possibility. Sometimes melancholy, but also sometimes funny, they are about the speculative yearnings that bind us to all that we care about. In this remarkable first book, Katy Lederer proves that, though beauty and intelligence may be at odds with the conditions of the world, they need not be at odds with each other.”—Lyn Hejinian
Lederer’s lyricism is often punctuated with the tautological, the truistic, the what-goes-without-saying, and the humility of Lederer’s quasi-conclusions can be a winning quality. The poems are often amped to the point that the filament in them appears ready to burn, and then at the last second Lederer seems to know how to reduce the current without losing the illumination.
Paul Stephens, Electronic Poetry Review
Katy Lederer is the author of the poetry collections Winter Sex (Verse Press, 2002), The Heaven-Sent Leaf (BOA Editions, 2008), and Poker Face: A Girlhood Among Gamblers, online at Crown Books. Educated at the University of California at Berkeley and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, she edited her own magazine, Explosive, from 1996-2006 and currently serves as a Poetry Editor of Fence Magazine.
Publication Date: May 1, 2002
ISBN# 9780970367280 (7x9 64pp, paperback)